Dan Magone at KUCB's studios. /Credit: Lauren Rosenthal
With oil development in the Alaskan Arctic comes an influx of new vessels in the already high-traffic Bering Sea. As pipelines expand and new projects start up all around the Pacific Northwest and in Alaska, more huge tankers and other vessels are likely to generate more risk in Aleutian waters.
And that means more work for people like Dan Magone, the co-owner of Unalaska-based salvage company Resolve-Magone Marine Services. In this segment of The Exchange, he talks about how increasing vessel traffic is growing his business, and how Aleutian communities need to respond to the impacts of a burgeoning industry.
Unalaskans know the effects of climate change as well as anyone – take this year’s abnormally warm winter, for one. But we’re also witnesses to a different kind of impact: the lucrative business opportunities created by rising temperatures. As ice melts, companies have more access than ever to the multi-billion dollar potential of Arctic oil.
It's part a new book, “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,” by journalist McKenzie Funk. In this segment of The Exchange, he talks about how the world is reacting to climate change, and how changes in the Arctic could leave a major mark on Unalaska.
Alaska’s legislature has passed a bill that would tie the validity of driver’s licenses to immigration visas.
Usually, an Alaska driver’s license is good for five years after it’s issued. Legislation introduced by Republican representative Bob Lynn of Anchorage would make licenses expire on the same day as a foreign driver’s visa.
If the driver has an indeterminate immigration status, meaning they can stay in the country indefinitely, their license will only last for one year. Their renewal fees will be waived every year for up to five years.
The White House has nominated the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander to be its next commandant.
Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft was nominated Friday to replace outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp. Papp gave his final “State of the Coast Guard” address of his four-year term on Wednesday.
Zukunft has served as Pacific Area commander since 2012. Before that, his duties included serving as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.